Gillian Anderson Confirms Her Exit From FOX's 'The X-Files'

The Dana Scully depicter on the FOX long-running series also reveals that she is departing from Starz's 'American Gods', on which she portrays the goddess Media.

AceShowbiz - After hinting at her exit for a quite long time, %cGillian Anderson% eventually confirmed that she's leaving "The X-Files". The actress revealed that she was finished with the FOX sci-fi series during a panel at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour on Wednesday, January 10.

"It's time for me to hang up Scully's hat. It just is," the Dana Scully depicter said. "I'm finished and that's the end of that. I arrived at the decision before we did the previous six, but I was really curious. I felt that the previous six was going to be it."

Anderson continued saying, "It was dipping our toe back in again … and getting to play these wonderful characters again. I think as [series creator] Chris [Carter] has said himself that short stack of episodes felt like we were leaning how to walk again and that this season of 10 feels like the pace is up and we're running."

"I wouldn't necessarily have been happy if those six were how we said goodbye," she said. "There's lots of things that I want to do in my life and in my career and it's been an extraordinary opportunity and extraordinary character and I am hugely grateful."

As for co-star %cDavid Duchovny%, who plays Fox Mulder on "X-Files", added, "I've tried to say goodbye to Fox Mulder many times and I failed. And they all went and did the show without me, so how do you like that? I'm feeling pretty pissed off, now that I remember."

Anderson also revealed the she's exiting Starz's "American Gods", on which she plays the goddess Media. "I'm not doing any more 'American Gods'. [Showrunners] Bryan [Fuller] and Michael Green aren't either, as has been announced," she said. Fuller and Green decided to depart from the %cIan McShane%-starring series, which is adapted from the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman, due to the issue with the series' season 2 budget.

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